Glossary of terms used.
I must apologize in assuming that everyone understands
the lingo used in the dog world. Below is an explanation of the various terms
used and what titles dogs earn when Champions are crowned.
|The Canadian Kennel Club credits a dog with "Field
Trial Champion" when a Spaniel has earned a total of 10 points
and completed a water test as described in the C.K.C. Spaniel Rule and
Reg. book. Of the 10 point requirement a win (First Place) must have been
achieved and it is not an easy accomplishment, to some diehards it's like searching
for the holy grail.
It should be noted that only titles earned in Canada are recognized by the C.K.C. and other titles earned will not be listed on a Canadian Kennel Club Registration certificate. Likewise with A.K.C. and U.K.C. Reg. papers.
The title is called "Field Champion" or "Canadian Field Champion"
|In the United States there was a movement to separate
Professional dog trainers and handlers from Amateurs.
A "Pro" is one who may handle a dog at a Field Trial for financial compensation or favors.
An "Amateur" will generally handle his or her own dog but may also handle someone else's dog for no financial gain.
It is interesting to note that, in the U.S.A., an Amateur is permitted to enter dogs in a Spaniel Field Trial but a Pro is not allowed to enter dogs in a Spaniel Amateur Field Trial.
Also, it is very interesting to note that many Amateur handlers are
very successful and have accredited there Spaniels with both F.C.
& A.F.C. titles.
|Our North American testing system was adopted from the U.K. but with some slight changes and requirements. The title is English Field Champion.|
|Once a year a major event is held and only Spaniels who
have qualified are entitled to enter. This is called a "National
Spaniel Field Trial Championship" and could be compared to the
Stanley Cup or the Super Bowl in the Spaniel world.
Each Country has their own criteria for qualification of this prestigious event but many participants strive to enter their Spaniels in this competition and the winner is crowned "National Champion" (The best of the best)
In Canada we have seen as many as 117 Spaniels entered in this event and competition is very tough.
|At all licensed Spaniel Field Trials, points are credited
to dogs as placements are earned. These points are tabulated at the end of
the year and the highest scoring dog for that particular year is given the
title "High-Point Dog"
There is some debate as to which is more prestigious National Champion or High-Point Dog .
While any handle or owner would certainly cherish either title I feel that High-Point titles show consistency throughout the year and may prove to be a more valuable dog over time.
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